Status of the National Ignition Facility project

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The ultimate goal of worldwide research in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) is to develop fusion as an inexhaustible, economic, environmentally safe source of electric power. Following nearly thirty years of laboratory and underground fusion experiments, the next step toward this goal is to demonstrate ignition and propagating burn of fusion fuel in the laboratory. The National Ignition Facility(NIF) Project is being constructed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), for just this purpose. NIF will use advanced Nd-glass laser technology to deliver 1.8 MJ of 0.35-um laser light in a shaped pulse, several nanoseconds in duration, achieving a peak power of ... continued below

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Paisner, J.A.; Lowdermilk, W.H.; Boyes, J.D.; Sorem, M.S. & Soures, J.M. April 1, 1997.

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The ultimate goal of worldwide research in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) is to develop fusion as an inexhaustible, economic, environmentally safe source of electric power. Following nearly thirty years of laboratory and underground fusion experiments, the next step toward this goal is to demonstrate ignition and propagating burn of fusion fuel in the laboratory. The National Ignition Facility(NIF) Project is being constructed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), for just this purpose. NIF will use advanced Nd-glass laser technology to deliver 1.8 MJ of 0.35-um laser light in a shaped pulse, several nanoseconds in duration, achieving a peak power of 500 TW. A national community of U.S. laboratories is participating in this project, now in its final design phase. Franceand the United Kingdom are collaborating on development of required technology under bilateral agreements with the US. This paper presents thestatus of the laser design and development of its principal components and optical elements.

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  • IAEA Technical Committee meeting on drivers and ignition facilities for inertial fusion, Osaka (Japan), 10-14 Mar 1997

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  • Report No.: UCRL-JC--124887
  • Report No.: CONF-970341--
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 304561
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc678327

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Paisner, J.A.; Lowdermilk, W.H.; Boyes, J.D.; Sorem, M.S. & Soures, J.M. Status of the National Ignition Facility project, article, April 1, 1997; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc678327/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.